Get your implant career back on track

Learning. It’s an essential and unavoidable part of life for all. For the modern dental professional, it is also the key to job satisfaction for a long and successful career. As life in the dental practice begins to find rhythm again, getting your personal goals back on track should be the next priority.

For instance, are you interested in acquiring the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to effectively deliver implant treatment within your surgery? This can be a highly rewarding field of dentistry that offers many opportunities to advance your capabilities and broaden the patient services you offer. To do it right, you need high-quality instruction, clinically proven products and the dedication needed to grow this side of your business. Selecting the best training programme from the many currently available in the UK market is the first and one of the most important steps.

Have you heard of the PG Cert in Implant Dentistry delivered through Ucer Education? If you have, you’ll already know the quality and support associated with the course. If you don’t, it could be just the opportunity you’re looking for. The next course is set to commence on 25th May, having been rearranged due to COVID-19.

Unmatched instruction

The PG Cert in Implant Dentistry concludes in an official level 7 qualification awarded by EduQual. To ensure it fulfils all the requirements of the GDC / FGDP(UK) Training Standards in Implant Dentistry (TSID, 2016) and supports the latest Standards in Implant Dentistry, it is delivered by a selection of highly respected tutors and instructors. Leading the team is

Specialist Oral Surgeon, Professor Cemal Ucer. He alone is a Professor and Clinical Lead of the MSc programme in Dental Implantology and a Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Trainers of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, as well as a member of the Faculty of Examiners of the RCSEd Diploma in Implant Dentistry. He is also a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology and a Past President and Honorary Life member of the Association of Dental Implantology.

Content and format

The 12-month, modular programme has always taken a blended learning approach, making it more convenient for clinicians to work around their practice and family commitments. It has also made it simpler to create a Covid-safe learning environment for delegates moving forward.

Clinicians have the opportunity to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical skills during training, ensuring they have the capabilities to place and restore a range of simple to moderate dental implant cases. What’s more, the course is somewhat unique in that it provides multi-system instruction, with implant solutions from Neoss, Megagen and TRI Implants taught during practical sessions. Working with an array of industry-leading providers, the programme also utilises Ethoss, Geistlich and Zimmer Biomet biomaterials to give delegates a well-rounded learning experience.

Facilities

As if the instruction and format of the course weren’t enough, it is also provided using the unparalleled facilities of the ICE Postgraduate Dental Institute and Hospital in Salford Quays, Manchester. It consists of seven surgeries, a dental laboratory, a fully equipped operating theatre and day care surgery facilities, as well as a team of consultant anaesthetists and all the appropriate medical staff. There is also an advanced diagnostic centre featuring the complete digital workflow with a Morita CBCT machine, Trios and Cerec intraoral scanners, 3D printers and the latest digital treatment planning software.

Further enriching the learning experience are the interactive lecture rooms and webinar facilities. This gives delegates the perfect view while watching live surgical procedures from the in-house surgeries, demonstrating the calibre of teaching facilities for the PG Cert in Implant Dentistry.

Support

Importantly, tuition does not stop once the 12 months are up. Mentoring is an important element of this course with Ucer Education and clinicians have access to on-going support once the programme is complete. If you have questions about a particular case, if you’re looking to build your portfolio or if you’re looking to further progress your skills after an appropriate amount of time, there will be help available to you. In fact, the PG Cert is just the first step for many dentists in their implant career as it provides a solid foundation for those wishing to advance onto the Diploma in Implant Dentistry examination of the Royal College of Surgeons, or an MSc in Dental Implantology.

Interested? Find out more by contacting the team today!

For more information on the PG Cert in Implant Dentistry from Ucer Education – beginning 25th May 2021 and supported by Geistlich, Megagen, Neoss, TRI Implants and General Medical – please visit www.ucer.education or call Prof Ucer on 07767 645331 or email ucer@oral-implants.com.

Oral-B teams with University of Leeds to help dental professionals address childhood tooth decay

Addressing the issue of childhood tooth decay, will involve some difficult conversations with parents and carers. Oral-B has worked with the University of Leeds to develop a range of material to help dental professionals address the issue in a positive, non-judgemental way, which will help foster on-going good oral health habits amongst children. Establishing tooth brushing and healthy eating in early childhood is a strong predictor of oral health in adult life.

The material is available to download on Oral-B’s professional website, www.dentalcare.co.uk. There’s a range of age specific leaflets for those who prefer hard copies for patients to take home. Alternatively, those wanting a digital format can download one of several videos, which include guidance and tips for cleaning, explaining why baby teeth do matter, and the importance of healthy eating.

GSK Health Partner showcases how UK dentistry is rising to the challenge

A new campaign by GSK aims to showcase how dental practices and professionals across the UK have risen to the challenges of effective patient care during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the video series, GSK showcases the resilience, passion and adaptability of the dental profession as it responds to new guidelines as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The videos are delivered by practitioners who have made small but imaginative changes to help patients to improve their dental health. Five voices, three videos, one goal: to share learnings and inspire better oral health. These videos can be viewed on: https://www.gskhealthpartner.com/en-gb/dentistry-innovation-rising-challenge/.

The series includes advice from Stuart Garton, a Practice Owner from Liverpool on seizing opportunities to embrace innovation, rethink practice and transform the patient experience. Additional content includes help with behaviour change and how the profession is coming together to evolve dental care including the role of new guidelines as a catalyst for innovation, inspiration and collaboration.

Andrei Gutierrez, Senior Expert Marketing Manager at GSK comments: “We hope that this series of videos can help to raise the profile of the continued dedication and commitment of the dental team during this challenging time and provide inspiration to other dental care professionals about how guidelines have become a catalyst for innovation, inspiration and collaboration. As Covid-19 restrictions continue across the world, the message of prevention of oral disease is more important than ever”.

Communication course helps dental teams secure success in 2021

2020 robbed many of us of one of the most fundamental things we crave – human contact and connection – with lockdowns and restrictions to our daily lives having a huge impact on mental health1-2 and leaving many people feeling isolated, afraid and alone.

As we head into 2021 with yet more uncertainty ahead of us, Dr Barry Oulton, a highly experienced dentist, lecturer, trainer and business man, is encouraging dental teams to put building rapport with their patients at the forefront.

His two-day course, Influencing Smiles, is a powerful lesson in communication and sales which teaches principal dentists and their teams how to sell with integrity and communicate with confidence.

It helps dentists boost their confidence and reduce conflict and complaints in their practices at the same time as improving their interactions with patients and boosting treatment uptake by facilitating clearer discussions around options and costs.

Upcoming events for 2021 (depending on Covid-restrictions) include:

  • 12th & 13th March – Birmingham
  • 14th &15th May – London
  • 11th & 12th June – Birmingham
  • 24th & 25th Sept – London
  • 15th & 16th Oct – Birmingham

Courses run from 9am-6pm on Friday and 8am to 5pm on Saturday.

For further details, please visit www.theconfidentdentist.com or call 0333 220 2447 or email sally@theconfidentdentist.com.

Megan Fairhall running tooth whitening training courses online

Megan Fairhall has been successfully running tooth whitening training course for a number of years, but has launched them online to help DH&DT’s get started with whitening treatments once they are able to return back to work after lockdown, especially as whitening is a non AGP procedure, and therefore could help them reignite their patient engagement.

As well as covering all the theory behind teeth whitening, Megan talks her peers through the practical aspects of the whitening journey. From gaining appropriate prescriptions through to managing individual patient cases and explaining aftercare, for both take-home and chair-side whitening with using Philips ZOOM!  Her ultimate aim is to ensure attendees finish the course confident to play their role in teeth whitening procedures in their practice. Megan also shares her expertise on marketing and social media to empower each delegate to create their own marketing plans and maximise the newly acquired skills to attract new patients. 

On Zoom

The online day course will run via a live Zoom link which course delegates receive upon signing up. 

The online courses are being run in association with Philips Oral Healthcare and are designed to educate Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists.  Next dates for 2020 are Saturday 14th November and Saturday 5th December. Each delegate will also receive a Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush and a certificate for six hours eCPD.

The course costs £299.00.

Megan will be taking a step by step guide to the process of whitening; sharing information about which treatments are available, taking impressions, making home whitening trays, the procedure itself, and finally following patients up.  Megan will also be looking at marketing and social media activities and how to attract patients through the digital channels.

Megan commented: “The business of tooth whitening makes most business sense when every member of the team gets involved. The fact that tooth whitening treatment can be legally and safely provided to the prescription of a dentist does not mean that all necessary steps linked to tooth whitening are incumbent on them to carry out. Dental hygienists and therapists can carry out the whitening itself under the prescription from a dentist and treatment coordinators, dental nurses, practice managers, receptionists, can actively contribute. This creates a collaborative sense of achievement, helps maintain good teamwork spirit, helps the dentist, and ultimately creates all the right ingredients to deliver a flawless experience to the patient”.

For more information and to sign up please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/megan-fairhall-17244777321

DDU launches free Situation Judgement Test e-learning course for student members

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) has today launched its online DF1Success course to support its student dental members taking the Situation Judgement Test (SJT) this November.

The free, one hour e-learning course is designed to offer practical interactive support to final year students, helping to boost their confidence with taking the SJT. It provides sample SJT questions and expert advice from our dento-legal advisers on how to apply dento-legal principles to the SJT.

Areas covered in the DF1Success course include:

  • What qualities the SJT is looking for
  • Practical tips on taking the test
  • Analysing sample SJT questions

Although the SJT has previously been part of the selection process for foundation training, it is even more important this year, as due to the coronavirus pandemic, applications will be ranked based on the SJT score alone.

Sue N’Jie, dento-legal adviser at the DDU, said: “Previously, our face-to-face DF1Success course was extremely popular because we used our expertise to help students understand how to apply dento-legal principles during the assessment process. This new e-learning course enables us to provide the same practical support virtually to our final year dental student members before their assessment in November.”

Debbie Herbst, also a dento-legal adviser at the DDU, commented: “Upon completing the course, not only will members have had experience of answering situational judgement questions but also an understanding of how to apply dento-legal principles to a range of professional situations.”

For more information about the DF1Success course, click here.  

Victoria Wilson hosting 5-week course on how to launch a sustainable oral health promotional project

Dental Therapist and creator of the Smile Revolution podcast series, Victoria Wilson, has developed a new course, supported by Philips, to help dental professionals learn the steps needed to launch a sustainable oral health promotional project in 5 weeks, and the confidence to start a new venture they have mapped out. The five-week course starts from Monday 24th August 2020.

“As a dental profession we continue to treat the most prevalent preventative disease globally,” explained Victoria. “We have so many amazing clinicians, but are limited in our reach through clinical work alone, staying in clinic and this is exactly why Smile Revolution is running the course, to give clinicians insight into opportunities they can explore and develop.

“More recently we are witnessing a very different landscape where many dental professionals are feeling more insecure, worried and vulnerable. I know many hygienists and therapists who have experienced real financial, mental health and professional challenges, and this really urged me to create this course for the profession.”

The course is designed to help dentists, DH&Ts and nurses explore how they can expand their horizons. At the end of the five weeks, participants will have learnt how to create a business proposal and will be ready to launch their project.

“Everyone has aspirations and ideas, and I want to help them ‘think outside the box’, use their working environment and their skillset to allow them to flourish,” Victoria continues. “It is not easy to work on your own so working collaboratively on the course to develop the right business skills should make a tangible difference. To enable delegates to reach this stage, they will be set specific tasks to work towards, and they will be asked to put together a viable sustainable business module with the elements which we will have discussed throughout the weeks.

“For delegates who still wish to be further supported and mentored following the course, I will be there for them to continue to move the project forward. I feel it is my duty as a dental professional to help my peers and I am committed throughout this journey. I want them to run a project that is viable, sustainable and has a measurable impact on oral health.”

The first four people to register for the course will receive a £700 discount. In addition, because Philips understands the need for resources for health promotion, the company is offering all registrants a resource kit which includes a Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300, practice posters, recommender pads, clinical study information and patient information leaflets.

For more information about the course, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-an-oral-health-promotion-project-business-5-week-course-tickets-107758117430.

A-Levels chaos could cause dentistry students to be deferred

Several universities have demanded urgent clarity from the government following the back-and-forth controversy that has plagued this year’s A-Level exam results. Following the public outcry and anger generated by the algorithms initially employed to determine the A-Level results of pupils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland it has now been announced that students will instead be able to receive grades scored by their teachers.

Now, leading universities have stated that students receiving higher grades following the government’s U-turn could be asked to defer their place if there is no space left on their preferred course. In some courses, including dentistry, institutions may not be able to admit students this year.

“We are therefore seeking clarity from the Government and relevant agencies about ensuring as many students as possible can be accepted to their first-choice university,” said vice-chancellor Professor Chris Day and deputy vice-chancellor Professor Julie Sanders from Newcastle University. “We recognise, however, that some programmes have an externally-determined cap where numbers are tightly restricted because of space or specialist facilities. This is particularly the case for clinical subjects such as medicine and dentistry. We are therefore seeking clarity from the Government and relevant agencies about ensuring as many students as possible can be accepted to their first-choice university. Where this is not possible, we will guarantee a deferred place for next year.”

Queen’s University Belfast, meanwhile, is seeking clarity as to whether the quotas for medicine and dentistry courses could be adjusted. A spokeswoman said: “Any applicants to quota-controlled courses who meet the conditions of their offer but cannot be allocated a place for the forthcoming academic year will be provided an unconditional offer for the 2021-22 academic year.”

Back to Practice webinars return with two-parter on sugarfree gum

The British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show is delighted to invite you to the next installment of its ‘Back to Practice’ webinar series in partnership with Wrigley Oral Healthcare Programme. All members of the dental team are welcome to join this free-to-attend two-part webinar series.

Part one: Chew on this! Does sugarfree gum help prevent caries?

Sponsored by Wrigley Oral Healthcare Programme, this webinar on 21st July at 7pm is led by Professor Avi Banerjee of Kings’ College London, who will consider the role, efficacy and impact of sugarfree gum in minimum intervention oral healthcare. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the minimum intervention approach towards delivering better oral health;
  • Outline the effects of sugarfree gum on oral tissues and their effectiveness in different populations;
  • Discuss the implementation of sugarfree gum in minimum intervention preventive regimes to help combat oral diseases/conditions;
  • Understand the basic formulation, claims and regulatory positioning of sugarfree gum;
  • Describe how sugarfree gum exerts oral health benefits primarily through salivary stimulation;
  • Describe how different sweeteners and active agents might influence efficacy of sugarfree gum;
  • Highlight the range of published studies that have explored the impact of sugarfree gum on oral health;
  • Outline the effects of sugarfree gum on salivary flow.

 

Part two: Chewing it over! Implementation of sugarfree gum in caries prevention regimes

Taking place 4th August at 7PM, part two will consider the materials and tools needed by dental professionals to support oral health strategies and promote healthy mouths.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identification of practical brief chair side interventions to behaviour change in dental practice;
  • Identification of relevant facilitating factors and barriers to practitioner/patient communication;
  • Identification of strategies to ensure the advice offered by the dental professional is received and recalled by the patient;
  • Seeking the view of practitioners regarding what materials and tools they find useful to support patients to change their behaviour.

By signing-up to this online series, you will have exclusive access to both webinars.
http://dentistryshow.msgfocus.com/c/12wqfrBHMXAj28zu0Ta2A6s3GM

Inaugural GC Europe International MI Congress presents Minimum Intervention Dentistry

In preparation for GC’s 100th anniversary in 2021, the 1st GC Europe International MI Congress took place on 20th June 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the format had to be changed to an online continuing education event. Over 2,000 participants signed up for the live sessions and were able to be a part of a remarkable and successful day.

The Congress consisted of nine sessions on Minimum Intervention Dentistry, informing delegates about the latest scientific and professional strategies to promote responsible decision-making in modern dentistry. Question and answer sessions rounded up the professional exchange to the topics at hand.

Online continuing education is in high demand among dental professionals, especially during the current exceptional circumstances.

Dental professionals and administration teams feel more comfortable utilising the internet to learn about new treatment options, related innovative products as well as application strategies from the comfort of their home or office. The high level of attendance and participation in the Congress webinars throughout the entire day confirmed the increased interest in this alternative format.

The webinars can be accessed on demand at www.gceuropecampus.com.